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Three Tips for Smart Investing

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It’s common for many of us, usually upon achieving certain common milestones in our lives, to ponder whether it’s time to invest. Perhaps you’ve established your career, bought a home, and started a family. It’s at this point that many of us become more concerned about our financial futures. If this sounds like you, it might be time to find the right financial advisor. If you’re interested in learning more about smart investment strategies, consider these tips:

To find a financial advisor or learn more, contact the CFS1  Investment team at UFCU at (800) 252-8311 x21081.
  1. Plan, Plan, and Plan Some More
  2. When it comes to investing, having a solid plan for your future is crucial. Whether you handle your investments yourself or work with a financial planner, you should have full knowledge of what you’re investing in and how you plan to manage those investments moving forward. Always monitor your accounts and set goals for the future, including how much money you want to invest each year in order to retire at the age you want. This will help you to stay on track and ensure you are saving an adequate amount of money each month. Without goals, it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly why you’re putting away so much money each year.

  3. Invest for Your Retirement
  4. The earlier you begin to save for your retirement, the better. Rather than saving money in a checking account or a high yield savings account, you may be able to get a higher return when you invest it. There are many ways to save for retirement, from employer-sponsored plans like a 401(k) to individual retirement accounts or even real estate investments. Each approach has its pros and cons, so it’s important to do your research before deciding which type of account will work best for your family’s saving goals.

  5. Talk to the Professionals

    The truth is, no one can predict exactly what the market will do or which new company or stock will ultimately be successful. But an experienced financial advisor who understands your goals can help put you on the path to achieving them. It’s best to find an advisor you have confidence in who can inform you about best practices for investing. These tips, along with being generally aware and in tune with your spending habits can help set you up to have a very successful financial life as you get older and eventually retire.


1 Non-deposit investment products and services are offered through CUSO Financial Services, L.P. ("CFS"), a registered broker-dealer (Member FINRA/SIPC) and SEC Registered Investment Advisor. Products offered through CFS: are not NCUA/NCUSIF or otherwise federally insured, are not guarantees or obligations of the credit union, and may involve investment risk including possible loss of principal. Investment Representatives are registered through CFS. UFCU has contracted with CFS to make non-deposit investment products and services available to credit union members. CFS does not provide tax or legal advice. For such guidance, please consult a tax and/or legal advisor.